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Feb 28, 2021
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Individual episodes from OTRR's Maintained Set of My Friend Irma: MY FRIEND IRMA My Friend Irma was developed in-house by CBS staff who were charged with creating new programming that could subsequently be pitched and sold to prospective sponsors. This was a new trend that departed from the prevailing model of the previous decade and a half in which advertising agencies would package a show – create the concept, hire the talent, and produce the broadcast – and find potential sponsors. Under...
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Feb 28, 2021 Old Time Radio Researchers
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Episodes from the OTRR Maintained set of Life with Luigi: LIFE WITH LUIGI Ryan Ellett In early 1948 writer Cy Howard was fresh of the success of his first network hit, My Friend Irma, that had debuted on CBS the year before in 1947. It was quickly working its way to the top 20 ratings when Howard approached the network with a follow up program. The new series, tentatively titled the Little Immigrant, followed the exploits of a newcomer from Italy, Luigi Basco, who was making a new life for...
Topic: OTRR Life with Luigi
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Feb 28, 2021 Old Time Radio Researchers
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Episodes from the OTRR Maintained set of Father Knows Best: FATHER KNOWS BEST     Ryan Ellett     In early 1949 General Foods, represented by Young & Rubicam and Benton & Bowles, dropped its sponsorship of the Burns & Allen radio program which advertised its Maxwell House Coffee. Executives blamed the cancellation on the program’s weekly $17,500 price tag which they claimed had become too expensive for radio in a time of growing television power. Not ready to entirely...
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Feb 28, 2021 Old Time Radio Researchers
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Episodes from the OTRR Maintained set of Jeff Regan, Investigator: JEFF REGAN, INVESTIGATOR Jeff Regan, Investigator, was one of countless private detective series that proliferated in the years following WWII. The series initially featured Jack Webb in the title role, who was coming off his work in Pat Novak for Hire, followed by Johnny Madero, Pier 23. The series premiered July 10, 1948, over the CBS network. Originally promoted as Joe Canto, Private Eye, the series was never actually...
Topic: OTRR Jeff Regan
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Feb 27, 2021 Old Time Radio Researchers
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Single episodes from the OTRR Maintained set of The Adventures of Philip Marlowe: ADVENTURES OF PHILIP MARLOWE Elements of mystery have always been represented in literature, but the detective story didn't arrive on the scene until the mid 1800's. Edgar Allan Poe's The Murders in the Rue Morgue , published in 1841, was the first. The Murder's main character, C. Auguste Dupin, was a brilliant detective who relied on superior deductive powers to solve the crime. He and his unnamed narrator...
Topic: OTRR Philip Marlowe
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Feb 27, 2021 Old Time Radio Researchers
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Individual episodes from the OTRR Maintained set of the Tales of the Texas Rangers: TALES OF THE TEXAS RANGERS Patrick Andre From July 8, 1950 until September 14, 1952, Tales of the Texas Rangers was a western radio drama which ran on the NBC radio network. The show was modeled after the very successful Dragnet program of the time. Although setup as a western, the show was actually a police drama which used sophisticated scientific techniques to track down and apprehend the guilty party. Also,...
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Old Time Radio
Feb 27, 2021 Old Time Radio Researchers
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Singles from the OTRR Maintained Danny Kaye set. THE DANNY KAYE SHOW In December 1944 it was announced that Pabst Sales Co. was dropping The Kenny Baker Show in favor of a vehicle for rising star Danny Kaye. Pabst had tried to sign established comedian Fred Allen for the show at a whopping cost of $25,000 per episode but the effort fizzled when Allen reportedly sniffing that he didn’t care to work for a beer company. Kaye agreed to a package costing the beer producer $16,000 per week, 2/3 the...
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Old Time Radio
Feb 22, 2021 Old Time Radio Researchers Group
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THE ANDERSON FAMILY From the Encyclopedia of American Radio, 1920-1960 , The Anderson Family was "A 30-minute syndicated program. The Anderson Family told of the funny adventures of an 'average' American family. The cast included Dick Lane, Louise Arthur and Walter Tetley (30 min., weekly, 1948)." Broadcast historian Bob Dunn notes: “Not to be confused with The Andersons, a short-lived 15-minute NBC daytime soap opera (1942). Walter Tetley was in ALL sorts of shows-- Buck Rogers ,...
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Old Time Radio
Dec 24, 2020 Old Time Radio Researchers Group
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FATHER KNOWS BEST Ryan Ellett In early 1949 General Foods, represented by Young & Rubicam and Benton & Bowles, dropped its sponsorship of the Burns & Allen radio program which advertised its Maxwell House Coffee. Executives blamed the cancellation on the program’s weekly $17,500 price tag which they claimed had become too expensive for radio in a time of growing television power. Not ready to entirely abandon radio, General Foods (still through Benton & Bowles) committed...
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Old Time Radio
Oct 21, 2020 Old Time Radio Researchers Group
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TALES OF THE TEXAS RANGERS Patrick Andre From July 8, 1950 until September 14, 1952, Tales of the Texas Rangers was a western radio drama which ran on the NBC radio network. The show was modeled after the very successful Dragnet program of the time. Although setup as a western, the show was actually a police drama which used sophisticated scientific techniques to track down and apprehend the guilty party. Also, instead of setting the time frame in the 1800’s that was common for westerns at...
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Aug 11, 2020 Old Time Radio Researchers Group
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LIFE WITH LUIGI Ryan Ellett In early 1948 writer Cy Howard was fresh of the success of his first network hit, My Friend Irma , that had debuted on CBS the year before in 1947. It was quickly working its way to the top 20 ratings when Howard approached the network with a follow up program. The new series, tentatively titled the Little Immigrant , followed the exploits of a newcomer from Italy, Luigi Basco, who was making a new life for himself in Chicago. Early in the development of the series...
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Old Time Radio
Jul 24, 2020 Old Time Radio Researchers Group
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JEFF REGAN, INVESTIGATOR Jeff Regan, Investigator , was one of countless private detective series that proliferated in the years following WWII. The series initially featured Jack Webb in the title role, who was coming off his work in Pat Novak for Hire , followed by Johnny Madero, Pier 23 . The series premiered July 10, 1948, over the CBS network. Originally promoted as Joe Canto, Private Eye , the series was never actually broadcast under that name. However, Barton Yarborough, Jack Webb’s...
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Old Time Radio
Jul 24, 2020 Old Time Radio Researchers Group
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MAGIC ISLAND Magic Island was a syndicated serial that first aired sometime in 1936 and consisted of one hundred thirty 12-minute episodes. The story line dealt with a wealthy woman and her search for her long lost daughter. She finds her on a man-made island that can submerge to avoid detection. The series was targeted for a juvenile audience and small children are the main focus of the story line. What would you do if your child was lost? How long would you search in order to have your child...
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Old Time Radio
Jul 24, 2020 Old Time Radio Researchers Group
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FIRE FIGHTERS Five Bells stand by all stations... Attention all districts, a five alarm fire... Five Bells, move in immediately... That's it... Let's roll... Let's go, FIRE FIGHTERS! Presenting Fire Fighters, the true to life story of our unsung heroes who stand ready to ride, day or night, against our most murderous enemy, the Demon of FIRE! Fire Fighters was a syndicated series produced by Cincinnati’s William F. Holland Productions, Inc. in 1948. It was aired in various markets from...
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Old Time Radio
Jul 21, 2020 Old Time Radio Researchers Group
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ADVENTURES BY MORSE Adventures by Morse takes its place alongside I Love A Mystery , One Man's Family and other works by prolific author Carlton E. Morse. Produced after I Love A Mystery , this transcribed and syndicated show continued the earlier program's preoccupation with the eerie and the exotic. Captain Bart Friday and his trusted companion Skip Turner ranged throughout the world in their quest for dangerous challenges to overcome. Undaunted by Nazis, murderers, vampires, deadly serpents,...
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Old Time Radio
Jun 26, 2020 Old Time Radio Researchers Group
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MY FRIEND IRMA My Friend Irma was developed in-house by CBS staff who were charged with creating new programming that could subsequently be pitched and sold to prospective sponsors. This was a new trend that departed from the prevailing model of the previous decade and a half in which advertising agencies would package a show – create the concept, hire the talent, and produce the broadcast – and find potential sponsors. Under the old model networks such as CBS made money by selling time on...
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Old Time Radio
Jun 19, 2020 Old Time Radio Researchers Group
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THE DANNY KAYE SHOW In December 1944 it was announced that Pabst Sales Co. was dropping The Kenny Baker Show in favor of a vehicle for rising star Danny Kaye. Pabst had tried to sign established comedian Fred Allen for the show at a whopping cost of $25,000 per episode but the effort fizzled when Allen reportedly sniffing that he didn’t care to work for a beer company. Kaye agreed to a package costing the beer producer $16,000 per week, 2/3 the cost of Fred Allen. The Danny Kaye Show debuted...
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Old Time Radio
Jan 16, 2020 Old Time Radio Researchers Group
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THE CLYDE BEATTY SHOW Clyde Beatty, born in 1903, was a household name by the mid-20th century, recognized as one of the world’s most renowned animal trainers. Beatty was a multi-media star; over the course of a long career he ran his own circus and featured in motion pictures, multi-chapter movie serials, comic books, television, and radio. The Clyde Beatty Show represents the pinnacle of his broadcasting career. Commodore Productions and Artists Inc. announced the program in November, 1949,...
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Old Time Radio
Jan 16, 2020 Old Time Radio Researchers Group
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THE CLYDE BEATTY SHOW Clyde Beatty, born in 1903, was a household name by the mid-20th century, recognized as one of the world’s most renowned animal trainers. Beatty was a multi-media star; over the course of a long career he ran his own circus and featured in motion pictures, multi-chapter movie serials, comic books, television, and radio. The Clyde Beatty Show represents the pinnacle of his broadcasting career. Commodore Productions and Artists Inc. announced the program in November, 1949,...
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Old Time Radio
Jan 12, 2020 Old Time Radio Researchers Group
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CHRISTMAS SING WITH BING Recordings of Bing Crosby's annual Christmas Sing with Bing broadcast over CBS on Christmas Eve from 1955 to 1962. OTRR Release Information: Series Name: Christmas Sing with Bing Release Status: OTRR Non-Maintained Release Date: January 9, 2018 Release Version: Version 1901 Number of CDs: 1 From the Old Time Radio Researchers Group. See "Notes" Section below for more information on the OTRR.
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Old Time Radio
Jan 6, 2020 Old Time Radio Researchers Group
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TARZAN The OTRR distribution of Tarzan consists of four separate productions of Tarzan: Tarzan of the Apes (1932 - 1934) Tarzan and the Diamond of Asher (1934) Tarzan and the Fires of Tohr (1936) Tarzan, Lord of the Jungle (1951 - 1953) This is the OTRR Singles Episode page for: TARZAN THE 1951 SERIES ON RADIO The Commodore Productions and Artists, Inc. production of Tarzan contains 75 episodes that were aired in 1951 and 1952. From the Old Time Radio Researchers Group. See "Notes"...
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Jan 6, 2020 Old Time Radio Researchers Group
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TARZAN The OTRR distribution of Tarzan consists of four separate productions of Tarzan: Tarzan of the Apes (1932 - 1934) Tarzan and the Diamond of Asher (1934) Tarzan and the Fires of Tohr (1936) Tarzan, Lord of the Jungle (1951 - 1953) This is the OTRR Singles Episode page for: TARZAN AND THE FIRES OF TOHR While investigating the illegal activities of slave traders and ivory smugglers, Tarzan and his friend, Paul D'Arnot save a member of the Burton-Ashleigh Expedition from death. After...
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Jan 6, 2020 Old Time Radio Researchers Group
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TARZAN The OTRR distribution of Tarzan consists of four separate productions of Tarzan: Tarzan of the Apes (1932 - 1934) Tarzan and the Diamond of Asher (1934) Tarzan and the Fires of Tohr (1936) Tarzan, Lord of the Jungle (1951 - 1953) This is the OTRR Singles Episode page for: TARZAN AND THE DIAMOND OF ASHER Although originally broadcast in 1934, the following introduction was penned by Edgar Rice Burroughs for the announcer to read introducing a 1940 broadcast of Tarzan And The Diamond of...
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Old Time Radio
Jan 6, 2020 Old Time Radio Researchers Group
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TARZAN The OTRR distribution of Tarzan consists of four separate productions of Tarzan: Tarzan of the Apes (1932 - 1934) Tarzan and the Diamond of Asher (1934) Tarzan and the Fires of Tohr (1936) Tarzan, Lord of the Jungle (1951 - 1953) This is the OTRR Singles Episode page for: TARZAN OF THE APES By the early 1930's radio programs held a place in American culture similar to television shows today. Families would gather nightly around the radio and listen to the continuing adventures of Little...
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Old Time Radio
Jan 1, 2020 Old Time Radio Researchers Group
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THIS IS YOUR FBI This Is Your FBI was a radio crime drama which aired in the United States on ABC from April 6, 1945 to January 30, 1953 for a total of 409 shows. The show featured true cases from FBI, and told from an agent's viewpoint. FBI chief J. Edgar Hoover gave it his endorsement, considering it "Our Show" and calling it "the finest dramatic program on the air". The shows would involve everything from crackdowns on organized crime, or stories of individual...
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Dec 30, 2019 Old Time Radio Researchers Group
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THE JACK BENNY PROGRAM The Jack Benny Program aired from May 2, 1932 until June 22, 1958. The show was identified by different names based on the particular sponsor at the time. The Canada Dry Program was on the air from May 2, 1932 until October 26, 1932. It starred Jack Benny. The announcer was George Hicks with George Olsen and his wife Ethel Shutta providing music and vocals, and Jack's wife, Sadye Marks, as Mary Livingstone. The show moved over to CBS on October 30, 1932 to January 26,...
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Dec 30, 2019 Old Time Radio Researchers Group
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JACK BENNY GUEST STARS ON OTHER SHOWS Jack Benny appears as a Guest Star on episodes of the following radio shows (the abbreviation in the title of the episode represents the original show name): BA = Burns and Allen BC = Bing Crosby BM = Edgar Bergen & Charlie McCarthy CP = Command Performance CPH = Campbell Playhouse EC = Eddie Cantor FA = Fred Allen GAOR = Golden Age of Radio GIJ = GI Journal Lux = Lux Radio Theater MB = Mail Call PHAF = Phil Harris & Alice Faye SUS = Suspense SVT =...
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Dec 30, 2019 Old Time Radio Researchers Group
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JACK BENNY GUEST STARS ON OTHER SHOWS Jack Benny appears as a Guest Star on episodes of the following radio shows (the abbreviation in the title of the episode represents the original show name): BA = Burns and Allen BC = Bing Crosby BM = Edgar Bergen & Charlie McCarthy CP = Command Performance CPH = Campbell Playhouse EC = Eddie Cantor FA = Fred Allen GAOR = Golden Age of Radio GIJ = GI Journal Lux = Lux Radio Theater MB = Mail Call PHAF = Phil Harris & Alice Faye SUS = Suspense SVT =...
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Old Time Radio
Dec 30, 2019 Old Time Radio Researchers Group
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THE JACK BENNY PROGRAM The Jack Benny Program aired from May 2, 1932 until June 22, 1958. The show was identified by different names based on the particular sponsor at the time. The Canada Dry Program was on the air from May 2, 1932 until October 26, 1932. It starred Jack Benny. The announcer was George Hicks with George Olsen and his wife Ethel Shutta providing music and vocals, and Jack's wife, Sadye Marks, as Mary Livingstone. The show moved over to CBS on October 30, 1932 to January 26,...
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Old Time Radio
Dec 30, 2019 Old Time Radio Researchers Group
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THE JACK BENNY PROGRAM The Jack Benny Program aired from May 2, 1932 until June 22, 1958. The show was identified by different names based on the particular sponsor at the time. The Canada Dry Program was on the air from May 2, 1932 until October 26, 1932. It starred Jack Benny. The announcer was George Hicks with George Olsen and his wife Ethel Shutta providing music and vocals, and Jack's wife, Sadye Marks, as Mary Livingstone. The show moved over to CBS on October 30, 1932 to January 26,...
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Dec 30, 2019 Old Time Radio Researchers Group
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THE JACK BENNY PROGRAM The Jack Benny Program aired from May 2, 1932 until June 22, 1958. The show was identified by different names based on the particular sponsor at the time. The Canada Dry Program was on the air from May 2, 1932 until October 26, 1932. It starred Jack Benny. The announcer was George Hicks with George Olsen and his wife Ethel Shutta providing music and vocals, and Jack's wife, Sadye Marks, as Mary Livingstone. The show moved over to CBS on October 30, 1932 to January 26,...
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Dec 30, 2019 Old Time Radio Researchers Group
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THE JACK BENNY PROGRAM The Jack Benny Program aired from May 2, 1932 until June 22, 1958. The show was identified by different names based on the particular sponsor at the time. The Canada Dry Program was on the air from May 2, 1932 until October 26, 1932. It starred Jack Benny. The announcer was George Hicks with George Olsen and his wife Ethel Shutta providing music and vocals, and Jack's wife, Sadye Marks, as Mary Livingstone. The show moved over to CBS on October 30, 1932 to January 26,...
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Dec 30, 2019 Old Time Radio Researchers Group
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THE JACK BENNY PROGRAM The Jack Benny Program aired from May 2, 1932 until June 22, 1958. The show was identified by different names based on the particular sponsor at the time. The Canada Dry Program was on the air from May 2, 1932 until October 26, 1932. It starred Jack Benny. The announcer was George Hicks with George Olsen and his wife Ethel Shutta providing music and vocals, and Jack's wife, Sadye Marks, as Mary Livingstone. The show moved over to CBS on October 30, 1932 to January 26,...
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Dec 30, 2019 Old Time Radio Researchers Group
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THE JACK BENNY PROGRAM The Jack Benny Program aired from May 2, 1932 until June 22, 1958. The show was identified by different names based on the particular sponsor at the time. The Canada Dry Program was on the air from May 2, 1932 until October 26, 1932. It starred Jack Benny. The announcer was George Hicks with George Olsen and his wife Ethel Shutta providing music and vocals, and Jack's wife, Sadye Marks, as Mary Livingstone. The show moved over to CBS on October 30, 1932 to January 26,...
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Dec 30, 2019 Old Time Radio Researchers Group
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THE JACK BENNY PROGRAM The Jack Benny Program aired from May 2, 1932 until June 22, 1958. The show was identified by different names based on the particular sponsor at the time. The Canada Dry Program was on the air from May 2, 1932 until October 26, 1932. It starred Jack Benny. The announcer was George Hicks with George Olsen and his wife Ethel Shutta providing music and vocals, and Jack's wife, Sadye Marks, as Mary Livingstone. The show moved over to CBS on October 30, 1932 to January 26,...
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Dec 30, 2019 Old Time Radio Researchers Group
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THE JACK BENNY PROGRAM The Jack Benny Program aired from May 2, 1932 until June 22, 1958. The show was identified by different names based on the particular sponsor at the time. The Canada Dry Program was on the air from May 2, 1932 until October 26, 1932. It starred Jack Benny. The announcer was George Hicks with George Olsen and his wife Ethel Shutta providing music and vocals, and Jack's wife, Sadye Marks, as Mary Livingstone. The show moved over to CBS on October 30, 1932 to January 26,...
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Dec 30, 2019 Old Time Radio Researchers Group
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THE JACK BENNY PROGRAM The Jack Benny Program aired from May 2, 1932 until June 22, 1958. The show was identified by different names based on the particular sponsor at the time. The Canada Dry Program was on the air from May 2, 1932 until October 26, 1932. It starred Jack Benny. The announcer was George Hicks with George Olsen and his wife Ethel Shutta providing music and vocals, and Jack's wife, Sadye Marks, as Mary Livingstone. The show moved over to CBS on October 30, 1932 to January 26,...
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THE JACK BENNY PROGRAM The Jack Benny Program aired from May 2, 1932 until June 22, 1958. The show was identified by different names based on the particular sponsor at the time. The Canada Dry Program was on the air from May 2, 1932 until October 26, 1932. It starred Jack Benny. The announcer was George Hicks with George Olsen and his wife Ethel Shutta providing music and vocals, and Jack's wife, Sadye Marks, as Mary Livingstone. The show moved over to CBS on October 30, 1932 to January 26,...
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THE JACK BENNY PROGRAM The Jack Benny Program aired from May 2, 1932 until June 22, 1958. The show was identified by different names based on the particular sponsor at the time. The Canada Dry Program was on the air from May 2, 1932 until October 26, 1932. It starred Jack Benny. The announcer was George Hicks with George Olsen and his wife Ethel Shutta providing music and vocals, and Jack's wife, Sadye Marks, as Mary Livingstone. The show moved over to CBS on October 30, 1932 to January 26,...
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THE JACK BENNY PROGRAM The Jack Benny Program aired from May 2, 1932 until June 22, 1958. The show was identified by different names based on the particular sponsor at the time. The Canada Dry Program was on the air from May 2, 1932 until October 26, 1932. It starred Jack Benny. The announcer was George Hicks with George Olsen and his wife Ethel Shutta providing music and vocals, and Jack's wife, Sadye Marks, as Mary Livingstone. The show moved over to CBS on October 30, 1932 to January 26,...
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THE JACK BENNY PROGRAM The Jack Benny Program aired from May 2, 1932 until June 22, 1958. The show was identified by different names based on the particular sponsor at the time. The Canada Dry Program was on the air from May 2, 1932 until October 26, 1932. It starred Jack Benny. The announcer was George Hicks with George Olsen and his wife Ethel Shutta providing music and vocals, and Jack's wife, Sadye Marks, as Mary Livingstone. The show moved over to CBS on October 30, 1932 to January 26,...
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THE JACK BENNY PROGRAM The Jack Benny Program aired from May 2, 1932 until June 22, 1958. The show was identified by different names based on the particular sponsor at the time. The Canada Dry Program was on the air from May 2, 1932 until October 26, 1932. It starred Jack Benny. The announcer was George Hicks with George Olsen and his wife Ethel Shutta providing music and vocals, and Jack's wife, Sadye Marks, as Mary Livingstone. The show moved over to CBS on October 30, 1932 to January 26,...
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Dec 30, 2019 Old Time Radio Researchers Group
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THE JACK BENNY PROGRAM The Jack Benny Program aired from May 2, 1932 until June 22, 1958. The show was identified by different names based on the particular sponsor at the time. The Canada Dry Program was on the air from May 2, 1932 until October 26, 1932. It starred Jack Benny. The announcer was George Hicks with George Olsen and his wife Ethel Shutta providing music and vocals, and Jack's wife, Sadye Marks, as Mary Livingstone. The show moved over to CBS on October 30, 1932 to January 26,...
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Dec 30, 2019 Old Time Radio Researchers Group
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THE JACK BENNY PROGRAM The Jack Benny Program aired from May 2, 1932 until June 22, 1958. The show was identified by different names based on the particular sponsor at the time. The Canada Dry Program was on the air from May 2, 1932 until October 26, 1932. It starred Jack Benny. The announcer was George Hicks with George Olsen and his wife Ethel Shutta providing music and vocals, and Jack's wife, Sadye Marks, as Mary Livingstone. The show moved over to CBS on October 30, 1932 to January 26,...
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THE JACK BENNY PROGRAM The Jack Benny Program aired from May 2, 1932 until June 22, 1958. The show was identified by different names based on the particular sponsor at the time. The Canada Dry Program was on the air from May 2, 1932 until October 26, 1932. It starred Jack Benny. The announcer was George Hicks with George Olsen and his wife Ethel Shutta providing music and vocals, and Jack's wife, Sadye Marks, as Mary Livingstone. The show moved over to CBS on October 30, 1932 to January 26,...
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THE JACK BENNY PROGRAM The Jack Benny Program aired from May 2, 1932 until June 22, 1958. The show was identified by different names based on the particular sponsor at the time. The Canada Dry Program was on the air from May 2, 1932 until October 26, 1932. It starred Jack Benny. The announcer was George Hicks with George Olsen and his wife Ethel Shutta providing music and vocals, and Jack's wife, Sadye Marks, as Mary Livingstone. The show moved over to CBS on October 30, 1932 to January 26,...
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THE JACK BENNY PROGRAM The Jack Benny Program aired from May 2, 1932 until June 22, 1958. The show was identified by different names based on the particular sponsor at the time. The Canada Dry Program was on the air from May 2, 1932 until October 26, 1932. It starred Jack Benny. The announcer was George Hicks with George Olsen and his wife Ethel Shutta providing music and vocals, and Jack's wife, Sadye Marks, as Mary Livingstone. The show moved over to CBS on October 30, 1932 to January 26,...
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THE JACK BENNY PROGRAM The Jack Benny Program aired from May 2, 1932 until June 22, 1958. The show was identified by different names based on the particular sponsor at the time. The Canada Dry Program was on the air from May 2, 1932 until October 26, 1932. It starred Jack Benny. The announcer was George Hicks with George Olsen and his wife Ethel Shutta providing music and vocals, and Jack's wife, Sadye Marks, as Mary Livingstone. The show moved over to CBS on October 30, 1932 to January 26,...
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THE JACK BENNY PROGRAM The Jack Benny Program aired from May 2, 1932 until June 22, 1958. The show was identified by different names based on the particular sponsor at the time. The Canada Dry Program was on the air from May 2, 1932 until October 26, 1932. It starred Jack Benny. The announcer was George Hicks with George Olsen and his wife Ethel Shutta providing music and vocals, and Jack's wife, Sadye Marks, as Mary Livingstone. The show moved over to CBS on October 30, 1932 to January 26,...
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THE JACK BENNY PROGRAM The Jack Benny Program aired from May 2, 1932 until June 22, 1958. The show was identified by different names based on the particular sponsor at the time. The Canada Dry Program was on the air from May 2, 1932 until October 26, 1932. It starred Jack Benny. The announcer was George Hicks with George Olsen and his wife Ethel Shutta providing music and vocals, and Jack's wife, Sadye Marks, as Mary Livingstone. The show moved over to CBS on October 30, 1932 to January 26,...
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MURDER AT MIDNIGHT Murder at Midnight was a transcribed program of macabre tales frequently featuring a supernatural twist. Produced in New York and distributed by World Broadcasting System, the series was the brainchild of Louis G. Cowan, the man behind Quiz Kids six years earlier. Fifty-two episodes were recorded from mid-April through December 1946. Robert Newman was hired as the show’s lead writer but a dozen other authors provided scripts during the program’s run. Among them were...
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THE GOLDEN GATE QUARTET SINGS The Golden Gate Quartet was formed in the late 1920s in Norfolk, VA, by some graduates of the city’s Booker T. Washington High School. Composed originally of lead Henry Owens, tenor Clyde Reddick, baritone Willie Johnson, and bass Orlando Wilson (bass), the lineup has changed numerous times over the course of the quartet’s existence. They first appeared on radio in 1935 over WBT in Charlotte, NC. The next year, 1936, the group went to Columbia, South Carolina,...
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MY SON JEEP My Son Jeep was created and written by Walter Black and William Mondreck. Robert K. Adams and Hudson Faussett produced the show. The directors were Dan Sutter, Greg Lockwood, and Kirk Browning while John Geller composed the music. All of the cast, except for Leona Powers, who played Mrs. Bixby, the Allison’s maid, were played by two different actors/actresses during the run of the show. Dr. Allison was first played by Donald Cook, followed by Paul McGrath. Martin Huston played...
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THE GOLDEN GATE QUARTET SINGS The Golden Gate Quartet was formed in the late 1920s in Norfolk, VA, by some graduates of the city’s Booker T. Washington High School. Composed originally of lead Henry Owens, tenor Clyde Reddick, baritone Willie Johnson, and bass Orlando Wilson (bass), the lineup has changed numerous times over the course of the quartet’s existence. They first appeared on radio in 1935 over WBT in Charlotte, NC. The next year, 1936, the group went to Columbia, South Carolina,...
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MY SON JEEP My Son Jeep was created and written by Walter Black and William Mondreck. Robert K. Adams and Hudson Faussett produced the show. The directors were Dan Sutter, Greg Lockwood, and Kirk Browning while John Geller composed the music. All of the cast, except for Leona Powers, who played Mrs. Bixby, the Allison’s maid, were played by two different actors/actresses during the run of the show. Dr. Allison was first played by Donald Cook, followed by Paul McGrath. Martin Huston played...
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COUNTERSPY The old time radio espionage and thriller, David Harding Counterspy , was brought to life by radio legend Phillips H Lord. Lord was an old time radio powerhouse, responsible for such shows as Gangbusters , Mr. District Attorney , We the People , and many more. Airing on the NBC Blue radio station (later becoming ABC) and the Mutual Network from 1942 to 1957, this show helped fill the need of radio listeners who wanted some WWII and post-WWII espionage. David Harding was the chief of...
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ON STAGE On Stage appeared on CBS from 1 January 1953 until 30 September 1954, a total of 78 episodes. Only 41 of the 78 shows are in circulation today. The show was produced and directed by Elliot Lewis and starred the husband and wife team of Elliot and Cathy Lewis. The idea for the show came about when someone suggested they work together in the 40's. CBS gave them the go ahead for the show in 1952 and they formed the production company Haven Radio Productions. Each show was written with a...
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THE LIVES OF HARRY LIME The Lives of Harry Lime was a British radio series that was produced in London by Harry Alan Towers. Called The Adventures of Harry Lime when first broadcast in Great Britain, the program featured Orson Welles as the title character, reprising his role from the 1949 cult movie, The Third Man . The radio series was set before that classic film, and depicted Harry Lime's many misadventures as a con-artist. Most of the programs opened with haunting "The Third Man...
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THE ADVENTURES OF THE FALCON This hard boiled spy drama began as an RKO Radio Pictures theatrical serial in the 1940s, went on radio in 1943, and then came to TV around ten years later in a Syndicated series produced for distribution by NBC Films; the series was about an American agent whose code name was "Falcon". The success of the films led to a radio series that premiered on the American Blue Network in April 1943, and aired for the next ten years on various networks. It was here...
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THE CINNAMON BEAR The Cinnamon Bear is the classic story of Judy and Jimmy Barton who search for the family's Silver Star which goes on top of their Christmas tree. They discover the star has disappeared from the attic. Then they meet The Cinnamon Bear, and fly to Maybeland in his Soda Pop Airplane in pursuit of the Crazy Quilt Dragon, whom they believe took the ornament. They meet a host of characters, including Crazy Quilt Dragon, The Wintergreen Witch, Fe Fo the Giant, and even Santa Claus....
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ADVENTURES BY MORSE This series takes its place alongside I Love a Mystery , One Man's Family and other works by prolific author Carlton E. Morse. Produced after I Love a Mystery , this transcribed and syndicated show continued the earlier program's preoccupation with the eerie and the exotic. Captain Bart Friday and his trusted companion Skip Turner ranged throughout the world in their quest for dangerous challenges to overcome. Undaunted by Nazis, murderers, vampires, deadly serpents, zombies...
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THE ADVENTURES OF SAM SPADE The Adventures of Sam Spade was first heard on ABC July 12, 1946, as a Friday-night summer series. The show clicked at once, and went into a regular fall lineup on CBS September 29, 1946. From then until 1949, Sam Spade was a Sunday-night thriller for Wildroot Cream Oil, starring Howard Duff in the title role. With Duff's departure, NBC took the series, leaving it on Sunday for Wildroot and starring Stephen Dunne as Spade. This version lasted until 1951, the last...
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COUNTERSPY The old time radio espionage and thriller, David Harding Counterspy , was brought to life by radio legend Phillips H Lord. Lord was an old time radio powerhouse, responsible for such shows as Gangbusters , Mr. District Attorney , We the People , and many more. Airing on the NBC Blue radio station (later becoming ABC) and the Mutual Network from 1942 to 1957, this show helped fill the need of radio listeners who wanted some WWII and post-WWII espionage. David Harding was the chief of...
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BEHIND THE SCENES IN HOLLYWOOD Behind the Scenes in Hollywood is a quick paced, breezy production that offers short, lively updates on coming stars, tidbits about movies in production, and descriptions of wardrobes, engagement rings, and colorful movie anecdotes. McCormick introduced the series with these words: "Very few of us have the time or opportunity to visit in and around the movie studios in Hollywood and actually see how motion pictures are made... What really goes on before and...
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WORDS AT WAR Words at War was a 30 minute dramatic anthology series dealing with stories condensed from books written about World War II. The series started in the middle of the war and at the most crucial time of the war for the allies, somewhat heightening its debut. Not only that, it was supported by Johnson's Wax in the Fibber McGee and Molly time slot as Jim and Marian Jordan went on vacation. And if that wasn't enough, the music for the series was done by NBC's own Frank Black, a master...
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WHITEHALL 1212 Named after the then famous telephone number of Scotland Yard -- the headquarters of the London Metropolitan Police Force, Whitehall 1212 was a weekly crime drama radio show. It ran from November 18, 1951 until September 28, 1952. The stories were true and stated to be "the plain unvarnished facts, just as they occurred". The show, in their own words, presented some of the "most baffling cases" as hosted by the fictitious Scotland Yard Chief Superintendent...
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WILD BILL HICKOK Wild Bill Hickok aired from 1 April 1951 until 31 December 1954 over the Mutual Broadcasting System on radio and then made the move to television from 1955 to 1958. The show was sponsored by Kellogg Cereals and aimed at the younger generation. Guy Madison played Marshal Wild Bill Hickok and his sidekick Jingles B Jones was Andy Devine. Both stared in their roles for the television show. The Announcer was Charlie Lyon and the director was Paul Pierce. According to Dunning the...
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Inidividual files from the OTRR Certified set: Screen Director's Playhouse
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WE CAME THIS WAY NBC University of The Air presented several educational programs between 1942 and 1948. The subject matter and themes ranged from politics and philosophy, to music appreciation and history. The programming from NBC University of The Air was deemed so instructive that it was incorporated into the curricula of many high schools, colleges and universities throughout the U.S. and Canada during the period. Indeed, Columbia University of New York collaborated extensively with NBC in...
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WALK SOFTLY, PETER TROY Walk Softly, Peter Troy Detective Drama aired on Springbok Radio from December 10, 1963 to February 21, 1964. This series was produced in the Durban Studios of Herrick Merril Productions. It starred Tom Meehan, John Simpson, and Merle Wayne. It was sponsored by Irving & Johnson, who also sponsored the Gunsmoke series which Walk Softly, Peter Troy replaced. A sequel to this series was heard on the English Radio Service from May 19, 1964 to November 28, 1964. The...
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STRANGE WILLS Strange Wills was a radio program syndicated in 1946. It was produced in Hollywood by Charles Michelson and Teleways Syndication. Stage and film star Warren William, who starred in the show, was also part of the creative team. The stories were said to be based on actual wills, with the names of those involved changed. The stories themselves were compiled by lawyer-turned-author Ken Krippene from his research over a ten-year period. These shows were quite different from other...
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SECRET AGENT K-7 RETURNS Before there was James Bond, before The Man Called X , and before Steve Mitchell took on a single Dangerous Assignment , there was Agent K-7. Secret Agent K-7 began on the radio in 1932 and made the leap into movies with Special Agent K-7. The original K-7 radio series is lost, but in 1939, a new transcribed syndicated series launched called, Secret Agent K-7 Returns . Secret Agent K-7 Returns was a series of seventy-eight fifteen minute spy stories. Secret Agent K-7...
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RECOLLECTIONS AT 30 A radio manufacturer named the Radio Corporation of America, which we know as RCA, began to broadcast its own programs on stations it had either started or purchased. In late 1926, RCA created a division of the company known as the National Broadcasting Company, or NBC. NBC officially started broadcasting on November 15, 1926. To celebrate the 30th Anniversary of the company, NBC created a series of shows called Recollection at 30 . Using a vast number of archival...
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THE RAILROAD HOUR Background of The Railroad Hour The series was sponsored by the Association of American Railroads. It featured highly condensed versions of popular musicals and operettas from old favorites, like Victor Herbert's Naughty Marietta , to more contemporary hits such as Rodgers and Hammerstein's State Fair . Since the show was produced for NBC's "Night of Music", it should come as no surprise that the plotline sometimes came second to the music. One reviewer noted that...
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PROUDLY WE HAIL Proudly We Hail was a public service show for the Army and Air Force that first aired for a period of four months in 1941 on CBS. The show returned to the airways from 1946 through 1957 and aired on as many as 1300 radio stations. The 1941 shows were billed as a program designed "to strengthen the mainstream of the defense machine – the workers in the arsenal of democracy – during a time of unlimited national emergency". This was the time of the buildup of tensions...
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PAT NOVAK, FOR HIRE Pat Novak, for Hire , is an old-time radio detective drama series which originally aired from 1946-1948, and revived in 1949. It started as a West Coast regional produced program at KGO in San Francisco. This regional version originally starred Jack Webb in the title role, with scripts by his roommate Richard L. Breen. When Webb and Breen moved from San Francisco to Los Angeles, Webb was replaced by Ben Morris, and Breen by Gil Doud. Meanwhile in LA, Webb and Breen, joined...
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OBSESSION After the real-life terrors of World War II, it must have been hard for most Americans to settle down to a more peaceful life and a relatively gentle radio world. Radio waves were populated, to a certain extent, with characters like Dr. Christian, Lum and Abner, and Ozzie and Harriet. When the war was over, and the GIs returned, audiences craved more dramatic programming. To fill this void, radio producers began to promote macabre and terrifying thrillers including shows like Inner...
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THE MAN CALLED X Beginning in the summer of 1944, at the height of World War II, The Man Called X was originally a kind of "FBI" program. The series soon developed a more international approach, however, featuring danger, intrigue, and romance in exotic settings. On any given Saturday or Sunday evening, Wendell Niles would say, "Wherever there is mystery, intrigue, romance, in all the strange and mysterious places of the world, there you will find "The Man Called X"....
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THE ADVENTURES OF HORATIO HORNBLOWER The Horatio Hornblower series is based upon the novels by C. S. Forester. They were admired by many fans, including Winston Churchill and Ernest Hemmingway who is quoted as saying, "I recommend Forester to everyone literate I know." The adventures follow the rising career from a young, unpromising, and seasick midshipman who eventually becomes Admiral of The Fleet of the Britain's Royal Navy. The storyline occurs during the Napoleonic era. Although...
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HIGH ADVENTURE None of the Old Time Radio networks had a hold on romantic adventure like the Columbia Broadcasting System. The other networks certainly made the attempt to get a foot hold in the genre, but it would have been difficult for anyone to compete with The Whistler , Suspense , and Escape . High Adventure is sometimes billed "The Mutual Network's answer to Escape !" In fact, the Mutual anthology premiered on March 1, 1947. There were audition episodes for Escape at the end of...
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THE LINE UP With the smash success of Dragnet , many networks and producers began to play follow the leader. On NBC, Dragnet was followed up with Tales of the Texas Rangers which dramatized real life tales from the Texas Rangers. CBS countered with The Line Up , later 21st Precinct followed by Nightwatch . These shows followed the actions of policeman in the field and were as realistic as it got in a show that was pre-cursor to modern police reality dramas like Cops . The Line Up was a hard...
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THE AMERICAN TRAIL The American Trail was originally broadcast in 1953 as a 13 part serial. The series chronicles American history, including the exploration and settlement of the American west. The American Trail was sponsored by the VFW Ladies Auxiliary. From the Old Time Radio Researchers Group. See "Notes" Section below for more information on the OTRR.
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TARZAN The OTRR distribution of Tarzan consists of four separate productions of Tarzan: Tarzan of the Apes (1932 - 1934) Tarzan and the Diamond of Asher (1934) Tarzan and the Fires of Tohr (1936) Tarzan, Lord of the Jungle (1951 - 1953) Click on one of the above for the OTRR Single Episodes for that Tarzan production. TARZAN OF THE APES By the early 1930's radio programs held a place in American culture similar to television shows today. Families would gather nightly around the radio and listen...
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AVALON TIME Avalon Time is an American old-time radio comedy/variety program that ran from 1938 to 1940 on NBC's Red Network. The program was named after its sponsor, Avalon cigarettes. The program is often regarded as comedian Red Skelton's first big break in show business and on radio. Red had been a guest on the program in mid December, 1938, when singer Red Foley hosted the show. In January, the show was retooled with Red Skelton as the star and Red Foley the featured singer. The show...
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ABBOTT AND COSTELLO Abbott and Costello were an American comedy duo composed of Bud Abbott and Lou Costello, whose work on radio and in film and television made them the most popular comedy team of the 1940s and early 1950s. Their patter routine Who's on First? is one of the best-known comedy routines of all time, and set the framework for many of their best-known comedy bits. Bud Abbott (1897-1974) was a veteran burlesque entertainer from a show business family. He started in burlesque box...
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HOPALONG CASSIDY The Hopalong Cassidy radio program ran from 1948 to 1952, and was based on the popular movie and television series featuring William Boyd as Hopalong Cassidy. Hopalong Cassidy was the star of a series of novels set at the Bar 20 Ranch. They were written by Clarence E. Mulford over a span of 35 years, and had been the basis for a series of 66 movies between 1935 and 1948. The movies were adapted into a television show that originally ran at the same time as the radio program,...
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GREAT SCENES FROM GREAT PLAYS This series ran from 1 October 1948 until 25 February 1949 for a total of 22 episodes. It ran on the Mutual Broadcasting system on Friday's at 8 and was sponsored by the National Council of the Protestant Episcopal Church. The primary purpose of the show was to encourage church attendance regardless of a specific denomination which was conveyed in the post discussion of the each episode. The first episode starred Walter H. Hampden as Cyrano de Bergerac, who then...
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AIR MAIL MYSTERY Early air mail flight was dangerous and its pilots needed to have a considerable amount of daredevil in them to brave the risks. These pioneers exhibited extraordinary bravery or were merely doing their job, the careers of the members of this "suicide club" were like those of few others. One company, Trans American, delivered mail for the government and for some reason, their planes were literally falling from the sky. Is it sabotage??? Or just plain bad luck??? Tune...
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THE PHIL HARRIS - ALICE FAYE SHOW Phil Harris was on the The Jack Benny Program since 1934, playing the jive-talking hipster bandleader of questionable repute. His band members were helpful in the sarcastic, fast-talking department, too. So when Phil Harris (in real life) married the glamorous and talented movie star Alice Faye, it seemed more like a match made in Hollywood than in Heaven. They knew each other from the old days of the Rudy Vallee Show , and were both radio veterans when they...
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THE LONE RANGER "A fiery horse with the speed of light, a cloud of dust and a hearty hi-yo silver! The Lone Ranger! With his faithful Indian companion Tonto, the daring and resourceful masked rider of the plains led the fight for law and order in the early western United States. Nowhere in the pages of history can one find a greater champion of justice. Return with us now to those thrilling days of yesteryear! From out of the past come the thundering Hoofbeats of the great horse Silver ......
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MURDER AT MIDNIGHT Murder at Midnight was a transcribed program of macabre tales frequently featuring a supernatural twist. Produced in New York and distributed by World Broadcasting System, the series was the brainchild of Louis G. Cowan, the man behind Quiz Kids six years earlier. Fifty-two episodes were recorded from mid-April through December 1946. Robert Newman was hired as the show’s lead writer but a dozen other authors provided scripts during the program’s run. Among them were...
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THE JACK BENNY PROGRAM The Jack Benny Program aired from May 2, 1932 until June 22, 1958. The show was identified by different names based on the particular sponsor at the time. The Canada Dry Program was on the air from May 2, 1932 until October 26, 1932. It starred Jack Benny. The announcer was George Hicks with George Olsen and his wife Ethel Shutta providing music and vocals, and Jack's wife, Sadye Marks, as Mary Livingstone. The show moved over to CBS on October 30, 1932 to January 26,...
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Dec 31, 2017 Old Time Radio Researchers Group
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THIS IS YOUR FBI This Is Your FBI was a radio crime drama which aired in the United States on ABC from April 6, 1945 to January 30, 1953 for a total of 409 shows. The show featured true cases from FBI, and told from an agent's viewpoint. FBI chief J. Edgar Hoover gave it his endorsement, considering it "Our Show" and calling it "the finest dramatic program on the air". The shows would involve everything from crackdowns on organized crime, or stories of individual...
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AVALON TIME Avalon Time is an American old-time radio comedy/variety program that ran from 1938 to 1940 on NBC's Red Network. The program was named after its sponsor, Avalon cigarettes. The program is often regarded as comedian Red Skelton's first big break in show business and on radio. Red had been a guest on the program in mid December, 1938, when singer Red Foley hosted the show. In January, the show was retooled with Red Skelton as the star and Red Foley the featured singer. The show...
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Nov 22, 2017 Old Time Radio Researchers Group
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THE AMERICAN TRAIL The American Trail was originally broadcast in 1953 as a 13 part serial. The series chronicles American history, including the exploration and settlement of the American west. The American Trail was sponsored by the VFW Ladies Auxiliary. OTRR Release Information: Series Name: The American Trail Release Status: OTRR Certified Complete Release Date: November 29, 2017 Release Version: Version 2 Number of CDs: 1 NOTE: Updated Release! Version 2: upgraded sound for all files. From...
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Nov 22, 2017 Old Time Radio Researchers Group
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WALK SOFTLY, PETER TROY Walk Softly, Peter Troy Detective Drama aired on Springbok Radio from December 10, 1963 to February 21, 1964. This series was produced in the Durban Studios of Herrick Merril Productions. It starred Tom Meehan, John Simpson, and Merle Wayne. It was sponsored by Irving & Johnson, who also sponsored the Gunsmoke series which Walk Softly, Peter Troy replaced. A sequel to this series was heard on the English Radio Service from May 19, 1964 to November 28, 1964. The...
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Oct 25, 2017 Old Time Radio Researchers Group
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THE RAILROAD HOUR Background of The Railroad Hour The series was sponsored by the Association of American Railroads. It featured highly condensed versions of popular musicals and operettas from old favorites, like Victor Herbert's Naughty Marietta , to more contemporary hits such as Rodgers and Hammerstein's State Fair . Since the show was produced for NBC's "Night of Music", it should come as no surprise that the plotline sometimes came second to the music. One reviewer noted that...
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BEHIND THE SCENES IN HOLLYWOOD Behind the Scenes in Hollywood is a quick paced, breezy production that offers short, lively updates on coming stars, tidbits about movies in production, and descriptions of wardrobes, engagement rings, and colorful movie anecdotes. McCormick introduced the series with these words: "Very few of us have the time or opportunity to visit in and around the movie studios in Hollywood and actually see how motion pictures are made... What really goes on before and...
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Oct 22, 2017 Old Time Radio Researchers Group
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ABBOTT AND COSTELLO Abbott and Costello were an American comedy duo composed of Bud Abbott and Lou Costello, whose work on radio and in film and television made them the most popular comedy team of the 1940s and early 1950s. Their patter routine Who's on First? is one of the best-known comedy routines of all time, and set the framework for many of their best-known comedy bits. Bud Abbott (1897-1974) was a veteran burlesque entertainer from a show business family. He started in burlesque box...
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Aug 14, 2017 Old Time Radio Researchers Group
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RECOLLECTIONS AT 30 A radio manufacturer named the Radio Corporation of America, which we know as RCA, began to broadcast its own programs on stations it had either started or purchased. In late 1926, RCA created a division of the company known as the National Broadcasting Company, or NBC. NBC officially started broadcasting on November 15, 1926. To celebrate the 30th Anniversary of the company, NBC created a series of shows called Recollection at 30 . Using a vast number of archival...
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